Does your normally docile, friendly pet turn into the Tasmanian Devil the moment you pull into the veterinarian's parking lot? It's not unusual for pets to feel a little stressed by a visit to the ...View Article
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(Dr. Teresa pictured with her chocolate-bundle-of-love, Callie)
Dr. Teresa Danford grew up training dogs and showing horses in Upstate New York. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin and stayed to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1999. Upon graduation, Dr. Teresa worked in rural Wisconsin hospitals until she moved to Raleigh in 2004. When not caring for your furry-family-members, Dr. Teresa manages the busy lives of her 12 and 15 year-old-sons. Free-time in the Danford home is filled with camping, music festivals, and a splash of dance.
Tyler Hodinka, VMD
Dr. Hodinka grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wofford College in South Carolina. Upon completion, Dr. Hodinka pursued his doctorate of veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and moved to North Carolina after graduation. Dr. Hodinka's professional interests include small animal internal medicine, surgery, and exotic companion animal medicine (especially reptiles, small mammals, and amphibians). In his spare time, Dr. Hodinka enjoys hiking, cooking, and woodworking.
(Samantha pictured with her precious-pitty, Zola)
Samantha Jonas – Leadership Team
Samantha was born and raised on the Outer Banks of North Carolina until she moved to the Raleigh area in the fall of 2008, specifically to have the opportunity to work with animals. Sam is currently attending Penn Foster to become an RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician), with graduation set for December of 2018. Samantha lives in Cary, with her husband, Mark, and their two daughters, Saviya and Mayla. Their fur babies consist of a 5 year old American Pitbull Terrier named Zola, and three cats that she hand-raised. Samantha, also, worked as a Wildlife Rehabilitator with Wildlife Welfare, Inc.
(Phen pictured with that auction-won-pup, Alou)
Stephen Wolfe, Jr. - Leadership Team
'...unconditional love is not a one way street... unconditional love is given to us to do something with.' Phen has committed his life to serving others and making a difference. Phen's passionate vision into animal welfare began with a cat named 'P' (ask him about his tattoo dedicated to that illustrious cat), and continues with a tripod-cat named Que; a mauled-bait-dog, Benson; an auction-won puppy, Alou; his dream-dog - an Aussie cattle dog - Azul; and too-many (but-always-room-for-one) more! Phen's education and experience with animals is vast; not only in veterinary hospital skills, but also, extensively in animal rescue work, from puppy-mill and dog-fighting-ring raids to animal cruelty cases and rehabilitation. Phen, formerly, served as Vice-President of a local Animal Rescue and on the Board of Directors for Johnston County Youth Services; in addition to serving as a County and District Leader for the Humane Society of the United States and the North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare. Phen is a published author and speaks regularly on the topics of animal welfare, mental health, and the love of God.
(Jen pictured with her-favoritest-before-Brandon, Kamryn)
Jennifer Klima - Lead Veterinary Nurse
Jennifer was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. In 2014, Jen moved to Raleigh and decided to pursue a career that followed her passion for animals, beginning and managing at a local dog daycare/boarding facility and now with us in the veterinary field. Jen currently lives in Willow Springs with her husband, Brandon, and their four rescued fur-children: Archer, Kamryn, Coraline, and Addison.
Bridget Boyle - Client Care Ambassador
Having a dad that was a medic in the United States Navy and a mom who achieved her degree in the medical field at the age of 50, entering the medical field was a fluid path for Bridget to stomp her paws in! Bridget moved to Raleigh in 2010 with only what fit in her car, including her beloved cat, Kaylee. The move has presented its share of challenges; however, Bridget has persevered with a contagious laugh and smile throughout. In Bridget's spare time, Bridget can be found surrounded by her faithful best friend, Doji, the German Shepherd and her adorably-animated tabby, Guhbee, doing anything crafty!
Peggy Nichols - Veterinary Nurse
Peggy moved here from California, where she began her journey into animal medicine. While attending art school, Peggy decided to take a position at a specialty pet-food store and soon found her love of being surrounded by animals. Helping animals soon surpassed any passion Peggy had previously pursued in her life. Peggy soon began climbing the veterinay ladder from kennel to reception to veterinary nurse. Peggy has two fur-children: Walt, the fluffy and goofy Great Pyrenees and Boone, the sweetest Australian Shepherd you'll ever meet. In Peggy's spare time, you can find Peggy riding motorcycles, painting commissioned pet portraits, or eating chicken wings!
Jordan Briggs, Amanda Maxwell, and Amanda Hanley
Veterinary Nurses / Saturday Crew / the Three Muskateers
(Antoniette pictured with daycare-extraordinaire, Tank)
Antoniette Gubitosi - Daycare/Boarding Attendant
Antoniette was born and raised in New Jersey, moving to NC with her 6 sisters in 2010. Antoniette graduated from Medical Arts School in 2012, yet having had a strong passion for animals since an early age, opted to pursue a career involving pets. In addition to this strong passion for animals, Antoniette has kept a personal promise of not harming one by being a vegetarian for the past 17 years. Antoniette lives in Clayton, NC, with her husband, Brant, and their three pups and one cat: Booger, Bear, Boone, and Brooklyn.
Kevin Mikrut - Daycare/Boarding Attendant
Kevin was born and raised in Elmhurst , IL. and recently moved to North Carolina. Kevin has extensive experience in animal care, having worked as an Assistant Kennel Manager at a daycare/boarding facility in Illinois for 2 1/2 years. Kevin has a vast love for rescued animals, with four foster-failures being his own: Reese, Zoey, Summer, and Robyn.
Jenna Bradley - Veterinary Assistant + Daycare/Boarding Attendant
Jenna was born in Illinois and raised in the Asheville area. Jenna has a zeal for animal welfare and care and is currently pursuing that passion at NC State. Jenna is an avid reader and enjoys any opportunity in a kitchen to try new recipes.
Summer Ammann - Client Care Ambassador
Summer was born and raised in Florida, yet, relocated to the Wake Forest area with her husband, Chris, daughter, Shelby and two guinea pigs, Brownie and Oreo. Summer has a Psychology degree from the University of North Carolina, but has found herself venturing into the animal field by volunteering and fundraising for local animal rescues the past four years. Summer enjoys running, traveling, and doing crafts.
(Roseann pictured with her princess, Phoebe)
Roseann Bluler - Keeper of the Books
Roseann moved to Raleigh, almost 20 years ago, bringing her passion for perfection and love of animals from Upstate New York. Roseann has been involved with animals her whole life in a wide variety of ways: from training and showing horses, raising guiding eye puppies, and being a part of a therapy dog program at Wake Med Childrens Hospital, Roseann's gentle ways and dedication have shown through. As our financial manager, Roseann is an integral part of our team. When not at the hospital, Roseann can be found enjoying herself at Lake Gaston.
Bio's COMING SOON!!!
Tara Higgins - Client Services Ambassador
Emily Allen - Daycare/Boarding Attendant
Taylor Schreirer - Veterinary Nurse
Lindsey Tripp - Veterinary Nurse